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ROAD SAFETY AND TEN-T CONNECTIVITY RUSE-GIURGIU (RO BG-418) Investing in Road Safety and Improving the Connectivity of Ruse Municipality and Giurgiu County to TEN-T Transport Network


What’s the goal?

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the sustainable and safe mobility of people and goods in the CBC area by applying coordinated cross-border actions for the improvement and maintenance of the road infrastructure connected to the TEN-T network and using joint mechanisms for planning and common actions in the field traffic safety and security.

What’s the budget?

6,326,447.21 euro, out of which 5,377,480.12 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Ruse Municipality

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Territorial Administrative Unit – Giurgiu Town

When is it happening?

Start date: 15.08.2018

End date: 14.08.2021

Duration: 36 months

Where is it happening?

Giurgiu (Romania)

Ruse (Bulgaria)

How is it going to happen?

  • Reconstruction and modernization of 3.1 km of road covering the key for the City of Ruse Blvd. "Treti Mart" and the connected to it Bridge "Sarayski
  • Delivery of equipment for cross-border traffic monitoring and road security in Giurgiu County
  • Development of a Joint Traffic Security Strategy for Ruse-Giurgiu CBC Region
  • Conducting joint awareness campaigns for traffic security education of the population in partnership with relevant stakeholder institutions on both sides of the border.

What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs: 3.1 km of reconstructed or upgraded roads

3 joint mechanisms to facilitate the connection of secondary/tertiary nodes to TEN-T infrastructure (e.g. route guidance, incidents/emergencies detection and management, studies on traffic flows, feasibility studies addressing cross-border

Programme results: 210,000 Cross border population served by modernized infrastructure leading to TEN-T.

Project status (reflected in progress reports)

The project is under implementation, with important results submitted regarding the main activities of the project:

An initial joint kick-off press conference in Ruse was carried out on 9 October 2018 and local kick-off press conference in Giurgiu, on 13 December 2018.

Under Activity T1 “Implementation of joint mechanisms” - both project beneficiaries have already signed contract: LB – Ruse Municipality for “Carrying out joint awareness campaigns for traffic security education of the population in partnership with relevant stakeholder institutions on both sides of the border”, performed in the period March-September 2020. In addition within the frame of the same Activity, in the end of October 2020, the LB performed the first educational campaign took place in Ruse, on which 50 students took part as well as stakeholder representatives.

The same parallel type of event foreseen to be performed on behalf of B2 was postponed due to extraordinary circumstances regarding the COVID-19 situation in Romania until the end of April 2021. Still, for the scopes of Activity T.1, B2 – Giurgiu County Council contracts for Purchasing of Road Maintenance equipment for the Giurgiu County Road Department. From total six Lots of the procedure, namely Lot 1 – Autogreder, Lot 2 – Asphalt finisher, Lot 3 - Articulated Tandem Vibrating Roller, Lot 4 - Asphalt cutter, Lot 5 - Pillars Beating Installation For Vehicle Parapet and Lot 6 - 8x4 Dump Truck With Snow Removal Equipment: contracts for Lots 1,2,3,5 and 6 are already signed and the major part of respective equipment is delivered at B2` premises. In addition, the procedure for Purchase of road signs for Giurgiu County Road Administration and Traffic Control (DJTADJCT) was finalized with the acquisition of the envisaged equipment: Lot 1 - the equipment was given in free use to DJT and Lot 2 – the equipment also given in free use to DJT. Still, the next public procurement procedure for the vehicle under the activity Purchasing equipment for Giurgiu Traffic Police - Giurgiu County Council was cancelled, remaining to be relaunched in short terms.

Within the frame of the same Activity T.1 ““Implementation of joint mechanisms”, B2 – TAU Giurgiu County signed the joint strategy elaboration service contract and the joint traffic security strategy development contract is currently in progress.

On behalf of the LB – Ruse Municipality, the public procurement procedure for elaboration of technical design, exercising author supervision and infrastructure and work” related to the “Reconstruction and modernization of 3.1 km of road covering the key for the City of Ruse Blvd. "Treti Mart" and the connected to it Bridge "Sarayski” , was relaunched and finalized with signed execution contract. The Start Order for elaboration of the Technical Project was issued and following the frames of the signed execution contract, the deadline for the elaboration of the investment design in technical phase and working phase was 45 calendar days. Regarding the Technical Project, the Chief Architect of Ruse Municipality approved the investment design for Stages I - “Treti mart” blvd. from the road junction “Saraya” (km 0 + 341.58) to the intersection with “Kapitan Raycho Nikolov” str. (km 1+551.88)” and Stage II “Treti mart” blvd. from the intersection with “Kapitan Raycho Nikolov” (km 1+551.88) to the connections with road РП I-5 “Ruse - V. Tarnovo”. It allowed the start of execution of the construction of these stages. For Stage III - the bridge facility at road junction “Saraya”, including the road connections to the junction, Ruse Municipality is still waiting for the necessary approval from the State enterprise “National Railway Infrastructure Company” (NRIC) and the Basin Directorate for Water Management in Danube Region. The technological sequence of the types of construction and installation works of the site allow the execution of the construction for Stages I and II, separately and independently of the activities related to the repair and reinforcement of the bridge at road junction “Saraya”, representing Stage III of the building permit.

Following the above mentioned, the construction works part from Stage 1 and Stage 2 are ongoing since the beginning of June 2020. Currently, the implementation of the main types of construction works in Stage I and Stage II have been completed. In regards to the works execution for Stage 3 “The bridge facility at the road junction „Saraya“, incl. road connections to the node) started on September 28, 2020. Thus, the existing asphalt pavement on the roadway of the bridge and on the sidewalks were completely dismantled. Paving slabs on the sidewalks were also removed. Further on, the work related to the new reinforced steel-concrete beam on new elastomer bearings is completed entirely. At the beginning of March 2021, the executed sub-scaffolding has been dismantled. Upcoming works still ongoing.


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